next former speaker of the house newt gingrich presents the second book in the historical fiction serious "victory at yorktown." it's a little over an hour. good etching. i have the honor of being the executive director of the ronald reagan presidential center. it's a pleasure to welcome you here on the rainy evening. in honor the men and women in uniform who defend our freedom around the world within if you would stand and join me for the pledge of allegiance.
i plek allegiance to the flag of united states of america. and to the republican for which it stands, one nation under god, and with lib if i and justice for all. thank you. please be seated. before we get started ilgd like to recognize a few special guests we have with us. i would like to begin with a welcome to one of our members of board of trustees and the former governor of the state of california pete wilson. governor. [applause] [applause]
our county supervisor peter floyd. peter, thank you for coming. [applause] now for those of who who were patient enough to go through the book signing line prior to the event this evening we yo know the wonderful woman is here with us tonight. she's "the new york times" best selling officer and president of gingrich productions. please join me in recognizing calista fig h -- gingrich. [applause] we have with us tonight a special guest. if i i know if i were simply to give the typical dinner circuit gingrich the one where you list every accomplishment of the speaker's bio. i promise you we would be here all night and newt would get bored. the list of achievements in
politics, his involvement in life-long learning, his expertise of national security matters, his best interest, the philanthropy endeavors. the box he's written, the list goes on and on. let's presume we are well accounted with the important milestone and the life of one gingrich. i want to focus in some part on the future. and what i hope is newt's place in it as it relates to ideas. so let me explain. it is no secret to anyone here that the party of abraham lincoln and ronald reagan, took a beating three weeks ago. republicans lost the battle for the white house as well as seats in both the house and senate. most are still stinging badly from the defeat. i know, this from firsthand experience as many seem to be visiting the reagan library in
droves lately and what seems to be a quest. a quest to remember a great president and remind themselves of his ideals, his optimism, and what he did to inspire americans to greatness. we should remind ourselves that while our 40th president had the uncanny ability to reach to the hearts and minds of americans, it was ronald reagan himself who said, quote, it wasn't a great communicator i communicated great things. today we can recognize that greet things spring from great idea. we can also take heart that there are leaders in our time like speaker gingrich. who have great contributions to make in the way of such ideas. now there is plenty of precedent here. when newt was elected to office
in 1978 in georgia, his party, like the republican today was in wilderness. jimmy carter occupied the white house and both the house and senate were safefully democrat hands. the election of president reagan in 1980, republicans took control bows the white house and the senate. in the house, where gingrich went to work each day, he was badly outnumbered. i worked as a hill staffer for a congressman who had an office steps away from newt's. can assure you for representatives like newt, the minority was off in a lonely place. the republicans hasn't held a majority there since 1956. there was not a soul alive that could imagine a republican majority again. oh. except for newt. [laughter] with no seniority, but a tireless work ethic, a vision, and a mind filled with idea, it
was newt gingrich who sat in the back bench of congress and meth devised a -- once again. it was gingrich that devised the famous contract with america. the plan that gave republicans more than something to run against in the historic 1994 election. he gave them something to run for. it was gingrich who rallied the faithful behind the ideas and took back the house after forty years in the minority. it was gingrich who helped engineer passage of welfare reform. and who balanced budget during his time as speaker of the house. he's been on national stage ever since pushing america and the conservative movement forward with his idea. so ladies and gentlemen, i wouldn't like -- i would like you to join me in welcoming
speaker newt gingrich [applause] [applause] thank you all very, very much. it's always an honor to be back at the reagan library. i want to thank john heubusch for the great job he does of really providing leadership on a day-to-day basis. the degree to which the library is a model of educating young people is really remarkable and a lot of that goes to the energy that drive it to be candid the fundraising ability that john brings to this. john, thank you for your work
and thank you for the introduction. [applause] i hope all of you will join calista and me in keeping mrs. rage anyone your prayers. she's a remarkable woman who spent a lifetime working for this country. we cherish role while she continues to play a role here in the library. i couldn't come here without mentioning nancy for a minute. governor, it's great to be back with you. we did a lot of things over the years. from you being mayor in san diego, to u.s. senator and leader in a variety of ways. i look to them as great people who represent a willingness to serve their state and country. an important way, and i want to say it's a family engagement out there. thank you both for serving the country. it makes a difference. it's great to be back here. [applause]
i didn't know you would be with us. we're thrilled to have you here tonight. we have launched what we called an american legacy book tour. we're fond of the libraries, as you know, and we made a movie called "ronald reagan --" i want to recognize tonight kevin and his wife randy here. kevin the director of the film. we were thrilled to be with kevin. he's done a great job with the movies we have done tonight. we have come back from a unique background. you may wonder where we talk about an american legacy book tour. you may wonder why calista has created an alliance with elephant to introduce children to american history. and the best person who could explain our commitment to american history being at the reagan library was president reagan. join me for a minute.
we want to show you part of the farewell address. the last speak from the oval office. i think it captures perfectly why we have an american legacy book tour. >> it was a great tradition warning in presidential fail well. i have one on my mind for some time. it starts with one of the things i'm proudest of. the past eight years. the resurgent of national pride that i called the new patriotism. this national feeling is good. but it won't count for much and won't last unless it's grounded in thoughtfulness and knowledge. informed patriotism is what we want. and are we doing good enough job teaching what america is and what she represents in the long history of the world? those of us over 35 or so years of age, grew up in a different america. we were at all times -- taught directly what it means to be an
american. we appreciation of the constitution. if you didn't get these things from your family, you got them from the neighborhood. from the father down the street who fought in korea, the family who lost someone, or you can get a sense of patriotism from school. and if all oles failed you could get a sense of patriotism from the popular culture, the movie celebrated democratic valuable and reinforced the idea that america was special. tv was like that too through the mid '60s now we're about to enter the '90s and some things have changed. younger parents aren't sure when appreciation of america is the right thing to teach modern children. and as for those who create the popular culture, well-grounded patriotism is no longer the style. our spirit is back, but we haven't reinstitutionized it. we have to got to do a better
job of getting across that america is freedom. freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of enterprise, and freedom is special and rare. it's fragile. it needs production. so we've got teach history based not on what is in fashion, but what is important. why the pilgrims who came here. who jimmy doolittle was and what the 30 seconds over tokyo met. on the 40th anniversary of d day i read a letter from a woman who wrote to her father who fought over d.day. she said we will always remember and never forget what the boys of normandy did. let's help her keep her word. i'm worning of an eradication of the american memory that could
result ultimately in the erosion of the american spirit. let's start with basics. more attention to american history and greater emphasis on sitting ruche l. let me offer lesson one. all great change in america begins at the dinner table. tomorrow night in the kitchen i hope the talk begins and children, if your parents haven't been teaching you what it means to be an american, let them know and nail them on it. that would be a very american thing to do. [applause] i want to thank staff here at the library. i called this afternoon and i said, you know, i've been think aboutings how to introduce this and i occurred it's stupid for me to quote reagan and f i can
get reagan to quote reagan. there's a power that he did that is remarkable. i50 prptd of the explanation why we're in the mess we're in. nose of us who are conservative lacked the courage to take on the school board, the teachers union, the local academic elite, the news media, the entertainment culture. we seeded ground which has crippled this understand's of itself. part of what we have done her case for 4 to 8-year-old with the ellis the elephant and my case writing novels to try to get across to the american people. it's a country worth knowing and you know it by learning the history. you become an american. any other place in the world you can claim genetic pattern geography. you can come here from haiti, somalia, in cast list my case
they came from places like scotland and ireland. you can come from anywhere and learn to be ab american. to do that you have to learn to be an american. if you an academic aleet and news media elite and opposed 6 teaching you how to be an american. you literally cut off the life blood of the country. that's the basis what we've been doing. we have an american legacy tour. now, several people said when they found out i was coming out here that if i want to come out here and talk about george washington, which to a lot of people seems a long way off. and talk about sweet land of liberty and land of pilgrim's pride both of -- came up and recently and actually about the 13 colonies. her mother who is 80 who her
said you should not say it's for 4 to 8 years old. it's for 4 to 80s nobody has study the colonies. it's brand new information for everybody. somebody said, okay, you do thaw but you what you should do in order to engage washington and the national media is you should apply it to the fiscal cliff. i thought to myself, at the reagan library, what better place to go back to pirs principles. and since i have written three novel on george washington. what better part earn than to wave the two giants ronald reagan after whom the soviet empire desired and george washington after whom we became a country. what are the lessons of history. i don't study it because it's an interesting habit. i study to better understand the present and future engage in
making history by intelligent and informed citizens. what are some of the lessons? let me start with the fiscal cliff. sky an obviously question. how many of you heard the term fiscal cliff? [laughter] i want to say something in washington which will be seen as her receipt call and gingrich going off and making no sense. the contract of america, the balanced budget, welfare reform. i participated my career, reagan's economics defeat of the society yef empire. i'm proud of the number of things i participated in that made no sense in washington. by thomas wolf.
this goes book i think to the '60s when he first wrote it. now wolf is try, to describe a particular pattern in san francisco. in which the welfare department figured out that all of the senior welfare people should be on the second floor of the welfare office hiding from people that they serve. and the newest, least paid people should be on the ground floor screening the people who are mad. wolf distribution the community in san francisco as having figured out what the game was. you would have 6'5" and six foot six people come in carrying traditional native war clothes. they would walk up to the front desk and say i want to see the
boss. and the underpaid brand new staff person would say, we're not supposed to let you see the boss. and they would start to hit the floor with their club. you have the normal sized person staring up with the huge war club and thinking to themselves do they pay enough for the next part of this? [laughter] if you haven't read this. thomas wolf is one of the greatest observers the americans have seen. it's worth reading. we're revisiting everything wolf described. in the great early excess. the left is continued to new at a time and evolve and e it's a size and become more baroque that was tennessee when he described it. now instead of being the local is a moe begans it's the national news media.
they get together and chant fiscal cliff, face fiscal cliff. it you're an intrejt politician and you say what i said which is the fiscal cliff isn't a "fantasy." it is an excuse to panic. it's a device to get us running down the road so we accept whatever obama wants otherwise we failed the fiscal cliff how can you be a patriotism if you don't what the fiscal cliff requires and they will tell us much like the land of oz. there will be the person hiding the behind the machine that say raise taxes now. and if you don't raise taxes now you violated the fiscal cliff. do you want to be the person who stands up and destroying america? do you want to go on one of the national networking and explain your reactionary and out of touch with life you don't care that america is going to die late on thursday? [laughter]
it's all right if that's kind of person you are. we're never going schedule you. you will be never on television. you are clearly weird. [laughter] let me start with the idea and say there is no fiscal cliff. we had a bad election. we did a number of stupid things. we faced an opponent smarter than we were. ronald reagan when he was most important single statement is february 1975 in washington at the conservative political action committee meeting. now i was part of this. i ran in '74. i had no sense of timing. so i picked watergate to run in. [laughter] i'm in georgia, i'm a yankee born army brat with a strange accent, a weird name, running as a republican during wear gait.
it was beyond not clever. [laughter] this was like, you know, don't give him money, pay for the therapy. [laughter] in december of 1974 republican party id was at 17%. and i was serious talk about is the party going to be disappear and be reduced. it was nonsense but it was serious talk. i was part of the group that came out of the wreckage and began meeting with a guy at the republican national committee and doing serious indepth analysis what went wrong and why? they had a serious of commercials called republicans are people too. when you're in bad enough trouble, do you want a commercial that says you're a person do too. you know you deeply moving. it was in this environment the ronald reagan went to sea pack
and said we need bold colors no pale pastel. he was throwing down a battle sign. he was saying don't tell me you have a sellout. don't tell me you have a cave. don't tell me you have do whatever the left wants. there are moments in history where you draw a line and fight. we have thirty governors. we a huge number of state legislators. the idea we are supposed to create a center caucus in order to be socially acceptable in washington is absurd. that's what people are currently forming in washington. how much do i need to surrender so he won't beat me anymore? when i was family elected to congress, it turns out of my bad scheduling with the second time i ran jimmy carter was head of
the democratic ticket. it was the best campaign technical ily i ever ran. it felt good toward the end. everything feels right because you're the candidate in the middle of the mess. i went in to vote on election day 1973 and the state of georgia was and i found myself standing in line. behind three people who had come from the nursing home. to get revenge for sherman's march through georgia. [laughter] i thought to myself, how likely is it that after they vote for jimmy carter, they will split their ticket for yankee born
army brat on the republican side. i thought this is going to be a long evening. it was. i went from 48.5% in '74 to 48.3% in 1976. barely enough to survive. and then carter approved the left can't governor. when i came to washington, the democrats had been so dominant from 1973 on. they would saunter to the floor of the house looking for republicans to beat up. republicans would shrink on to the floor of the house hoping not to be noticed. and the new generation who were elected starting in '87 banded together and went to the floor of the house to find democrats to beat up. we pick fights with them. i'm talking about physical -- i'm talking about debating. not physical. i want to make that clear.
i want to make that clear so nobody -- i agree passionately with the rule first you win the argument and. then you win the vote. we didn't have governor. and they were running the house. we were the minority pointed out to me when he switched side and became a republican and said if you're in the majority. you have to have an idea faceted to a bill, hold learnings. if you're in the majority you get to vote no.
it becomes a self-perpetuating model. and one of the things i would say to the house republicans is to get a grip. they are the majority. they're not the minority. they don't need to cave in to obama. they don't need to form a surrounder caucus. the senator will do whatever senators do. the senate as pete knows is an institution which individualialty dominates team work. each senate is a unique figure each one fashions out what they going to go. you're not going to end the short run in terms of actually being able to do something positive. this are going to be five or six different versions depending how many are in the room. when the house side you're in a different situation. you are the minority. you control -- majority. you control the scheduling, the
hearings, the grown ups. my number one bit of advices to the congressional republicans is simple. back out all of the negotiating with obama. the president is overwhelmingly dominate in the news media. you gave obama the ability to say to you not good enough. they can create 1-800 waste. probably technical a few more letters in there. i'll let you add the number to get to the right number to the phone company or put it online
which is a better way and have it available on a variety of other formats and say you send everything you can think we should hold hearings on. how many americans could find one or two or three items of waste. we would have five million suggestions and you could say this is what he wants to raise taxes for. somebody said in the fema effort on new jersey is -- [inaudible] maybe a little bit high or low. give use a flavor. it was true in katrina.
i want to give to an active radical program. suddenly you're in a different conversation. the president of the news media have gotten the republicans in to an argument over taxes. i give obama credit for this. i have never seen anybody better at finding trivial distractions in order to avoid responsibility. [laughter] [applause] let my say to give you a 2012 variation on ronald reagan's 19 75 bold colors. obama light is not a winning formula for the republican party. [applause] let's start with how the media
operates. they operate in collaboration with the white house first to create panic. you run off the fiscal cliff unless you are insane and do what told. you are a bad person asking why is there a face call cliff. will america will be different on january 2nd if we hold our bleat and see what happens? second. you then go to distractions. the current distractions is grover norquist. i have known grover norquist for a long time. i think he's a fine person. he hold know elective office. and in fact, he wasn't elected president. he is the president of united states who is responsibility for figuring how to solve our problems who is not offered a single serious cost consulting measure. tell me what you think barack obama is going to go to the house and senate democrats and say i need a yes vote on this.
instead of dealing with the fact that the president of the united states is once again totally failing to provide leadership, the president has gotten us worried about whether grover norquist defines the republican party. as we know, if we are not worthy of the news media's respect and love we are a party that disappear. listen to the tone of the language when you watch the morning joe or, you know, "fox & friends." are often the whole thing and i want to make two points and the norquist. he did something important. he came up with the idea a no tax increase pledge as a way of drawing a line in the sand. let me be clear about my background. i voted under the tax increase in reagan. i say this in the reagan library. i voted against the tax increase of george h. w. bush. when i thought it was a disaster. when he balance the budget for
four straight years, we did it by cutting taxes to accelerate economic growth. i clearly represent a different view. [laughter] but i have no problem if somebody wants to break their no tax pledge. if they are prepared to go home and explain it. the idea they're creating the posturing. several senators said i'm not afraid of governor norquist. i want to put on the record i'm not afraid of grover norquist. they didn't give their pledge to grover norquist. the pledge to the voters of the state. with now, there are circumstances where you raise taxes. ronald reagan, you have in your are kentucky -- are give the great video. my feet are in concrete he said and being reagan, he could get
away with going to the press conference one morning and saying, the sound you're hearing, is concrete breaking. because as governor, he concluded in order meet the state's requirement he no choice. but it never cost much. he was totally unfront and honest. he went to the people of california and said look here is where we are. it's a bigger mess than we thought. i can't fix it any other way. ic we have to do this. he did that after create agency -- nobody thought ronald reagan was raising taxes to create a bigger government. they thought if he needed it, it must be serious. what we have today is no innovation. no reform, no new thinking, no creativity, no hearings on waste. no hearings of better ways of doings things. you live until the age of the ipad and the iphone, and of google and a facebook and twitter, and you're faced with a
federal government which currently runs at the pace of manual typewriter. [laughter] you have no serious -- in that sense we're told by people who are running a disaster we need more of your money to prop up a disaster. we can't reform. it's a bipartisan failure. now the last thing i want it talk about is how washington would have dealt with this. washington is the most important single american. we would not have won the american revolutionary war without him. we might well not have gotten a constitution without him and might not have been able to find a orderly system of self-government. we stand on his shoulders. and washington was very big on listening to people who knew what they were doing.
hesp h i'm not against listening to people who know more than you do. it's listening to consult assistants who know less than you do but get paid for telling you things you feel secure because you paid someone else that fails. washington, for example, in a fight in the second trenton campaign, needs advice. calls a counsel of war. an there are two people in the council who are not part of the military. they are local farmers. and always remind, i spent one time longest serving teacher of the senior military. i spent 2003 five years talks about "art of war." i would tell general and admiral. the reason they had two people in the room they were farmers who actually knew the local
neighborhood. and they were the only two people in the room who knew there was a sunken road south of trenton, you could go from trenton princeton and the army wouldn't see you. they weren't there for social reasons. they there were for because they really literally the only two people who knew tbha they were doing. you have with washington nothing you see in washington today. that is a person who is prepared to reach out to the person who knows. i spent years literally years trying to convince the government in the republican and democratic party we have ownership and 1 $10 of fraud in medicare and medicaid. my tourses were straight straightforward. american express, visa, and mastercard. it you had in the federal government you get an experience
express you would save between 70 and 110 billion a year. they adopt first time the budget office model, they're not bureaucracy, they have the weird private sector idea. they want to use computers. [laughter] there a serious of weird things about this. and that is where we are. we're a country which could solve virtually all of the problems. if you read i want to close with the reference back to washington for a second. republicans belly aching. could you imagine
14,000 soldiers crasses ridge to valley forge promised they would have money, supply and equipment to build cottages. they have one ax for 14,000 people. we did we road valley forge to remind folks it's hard to be free. it's always difficult. washington going through the most bitter winter transforms the army by bringing in a man to innovate and teach european military tactics and yet a offs who immediately understands the most important thing. americans aren't european. i would say this to the current congress and people in washington and news media, we're not spain, we're not greece, we're not totally messed up like europe.
we would do fine over the next twenty years if we get government to quit screwing up. [applause] but imagine the consult assistant consult ant report if they said general washington, we have you have one ax and 14,000 people. we think this is bad. we think you should be deeply depressed and consider quitting. a congress isn't doing well enough doesn't deserve the loyalty. why don't you go home? they wanted to be free. and they prepared to die. when they crossed dpez on christmas night on a desperate and last effort before the army seizes to exist. the slogan, or pass word is victory or death. and they meant it.
it wasn't victory cry or six weeks. or victory or i'm not going watch fox news for a month. it wasn't victory or i think i'll pout. all right people really passionate about the idea that freedom was the right god had given them. they weren't going fail god by giving it up. finally we get to yorktown, the last novel in washington. it's a great gamble. the country is exhausted. washington can't win the war by direct assault. he's sitting outside of new york. the royal navy has so much power, he can't capture manhattan. one ship of align had more artillery fire power than the entire american army. people forget how powerful the ships were for the time. he's significant -- southeast --
he's sitting there there are no helicopters or cars or television. he get a note from a french army sitting in rhode island, which said, thed admiral of the french navy sitting in the caribbean believes he could come north for six weeks. the entire opportunity was created because washington a courage year over to send one-third of the army to south to fight general corp. wallace and wear him out. he won a victory at the court house in north carolina that cost him so much he said to his staff two more victories like this and we won't have an army left. they would gradually tearing up cornwallis' army. he retreats expecting the royal nay destroy save him. washington has gotten the note. the french march from rhode
island over to new york, french general said i'm under your command. they managed to mask the british in manhattan. they don't know washington is on the move and think he is sitting there. they had a five-day head start. they run through philadelphia where washington has to raise the money to get the army to keep it moving. that's how close it is. the only time in the entire washington is described as intensely emotional the morning he sees the french fleet he's described as active as though he were crazy. dancing and yelling and screaming and tears coming down his eyes. he's gambled everything. he had no way of knowing for they were showing up. they were there and the british weren't. when cornwallis surrenders. the band plays "the world turned upside down." it was. i came to the reagan library
tonight the place named for the men who believed in freedom so much that the soviet empire disappeared. i talk about the man who's shoulder we stand on. george washington. i would say to you in every republican in the entire country every conservative in the entire country, find the courage to live up to the endowment your creator has given you. ..
described the declaration of independence vividly. and now what was turning out to be really hard. july 1776 by december had turned into a editor, painful, depressive, demoralizing series. in washington rewrite a pamphlet called the crisis, which begins these are the times. washington understood the first you win the argument menu in the word. people had to believe. i came here to say to you, we have no reason to despair. you have no reason to back off. you have no reason. we have every reason to behave
this parents. any questions? [applause] [applause] >> said the speaker has been kind enough to give us an temper questions than answers. if you have one come raise your hand. if you could wait to leak at the in your hand, so everyone can hear it, that would be great. we will start over here. >> first of all, mr. speaker, i'd like to congratulate you in thank you for coming out and be
demanded to read that his willing to fight the good fight. we appreciate that. [applause] and i agree with you that we have also her, we've lost the battle we have to continue to pay. some of the things we should all think about going forward is a need to make sure the constitution is followed it should be called a nato coat the constitution. we can't rule by executive fiat. i also think a list at is doing a wonderful job a starting education in the schools because that's where we need to start a long-term plan of 30 to 40 years of turning it around because we need to educate people, not indoctrinate them. and i think we need to go after the media. i'd like to see you come up with something along the lines of the contract with america, contractor we the people to define conservatism and to lay out clearly, like you did before the american people and we can
win and conquer. thank you. [applause] >> thank you. those are good comments. >> i sincerely appreciate your intellect. i think to have three postelection questions on the immigration debate. it seems problematic those people coming into the nation's whose first our actions are to ignore them. by reframing the risk of the culture of flawlessness this population. i wonder if we need to be concerned that they could thoughts on how we could avoid this problem and solve this issue by not only strengthening, but avoiding a for their demise. >> it has to include control of the border and has to include some kind of a worker permit system, which is rigorously
enforced. i happen to think you ultimately end up as some kind of system that has people resident or noncitizen and have it work permit, not on a path to citizenship because that's a metal -- you have to practical about what is doable. as you go there, you have to enforce the law. but you have now, and i don't blame people who show up here. if we refuse to control the border and identify who you are and refuse to police ourselves refuse to do everything if you're here illegally, it's hard for me to tell you you're or taken advantage of the richest venture in the world. he seems to be saying please come and exploit me. to some extent we have to reestablish the rule of law. the only point to try to make during the debate that had a significant impact on our side in solidifying the degree to which people adopt positions that made no sense. two points.
one is for not going to deport grandmother's. some of you may disagree with that, but if you look at this country as a whole, the idea behind grandmother's, the churches will protect them. their families will protect them. and they cannot pin. conservatives should not write laws that are fantasies. i didn't say i'm for people who come here illegally, but i'm prefiguring out a patch of residency to get them to pay taxes, get them to be within the law, get them to be not exploited and ends this. we will never appeal. when you have a candidate who says to the entire group of people covering for investigations by a bigger margin than latinos. this cannot be a gift problem as one of our leaders describe it because asians are the hardest
working, most education oriented and economically most successful group in america. so they're not the people who stand around and say please give me a gift. but when you walk into a community and say hi, i want to touch that economic liberty, the first debate to take take out your grandmother. all of you who believe in families understand that's a really high barrier. it's tricky at that point to the rest of the conversation because they say no, i'm not going to do with you. somebody has to have the guts in our party and is meant to say am floored a conservatism that enforces the law within a framework of reality and i'm for conservatism, which is based on facts and i think that's going to require we find some way to say you, i'm totally for enforcing law, but i want to set up earlier this morning or this evening. i could then impose and prepare to be tough about it. i'm prepared to say once there's
a 24/7 instant verification model on your atm card, you hire somebody who's not here legally, we're going to hammer you economically so it's irrational. i think people will buy that. you can create a contract that works. what you can't do is continue to go down this road of trying to find a contract that's impossible in isolating yourself in the country that it guarantees the left will control. but the left wants his unlimited illegal immigration has been get to be citizens and vote. that's the fundamental difference. >> in california, it's virtually impossible to do skewed registration to have republicans elected to federal office is in governorships. this skewed demographics is becoming more and more important
every election. how can we do something about that? with better elections in the future. >> it's a great question. theodore roosevelt in the 1880s decides he wants to get into politics. theodore roosevelt became permit very aristocratic family. went to harvard, was independently wealthy. all of the social friends that she had and what are doing? roosevelts and ongoing to determine an irish forest. they said how can you do that? and incumbent gary sherman said irishman. [laughter] and roosevelt said, political power in this city is decided in the saloons and you can set appear in your penthouse all you want, but i want to be in the room with the decisions made.
what to take your demographically. and this is very so deeply disagree with their consulting class and candidly with one of the comments of our last nominee. i don't see demographic problems what do you think asian americans while? they want a good education. their passionate. they love their children. their best to limit children. they invest more heavily in their children than any other group. just had a survey i saw this morning came out. guess what the number one validation of achievement as saying that college students is today released a 25, 30 or so now, how do you know to be successful? it is owning a house. if you are a true left wing collect this who wanted to hurt everybody said they could be close to the subway, so they would get a car, which is a
terrible thing that gives them independents. can you imagine how depressing it would be to know that obama wants to cornejo, how possessions, and be economically independent. we have a party have to humble ourselves. i told the story about the two farmers for practical reason. we need to relax a little bit and go out and listen to the people of california. do you think the average italics the fact that l.a. unified is a disaster? to think that the fact sacramento is owned by the lobbyists? to get their throat to pay higher and higher taxes for fewer and fewer jobs? party think they don't have any sense there that had a conversation with this? that maybe starts at this same time you got your dreams. tell me about your hopes. i think you'd be shocked.
great story. i can't use the guys name. it wouldn't be fair to him. but he has banned to be hired by the traditional party which had run mexico since 1929. he went down on the reform ticket and he went down because the candidate was in deep trouble and they wanted clever american advice. he did a series of focus groups and city have a problem. it's called correction. the guys who you are talking to were the guys who were corrupt. [laughter] and they said to him, this is his description, not mine. a number of guys who are fairly overweight smoking cigars in this room, going you don't understand this. you're clearly a gringo. people don't find corruption. he sent them to get this straight. you think the average american gets up on monday morning
because stewart thrilled with the idea that two of the five-day salary will be stolen by some fat machine politician? said they found him later that day and lost the election. there's a message there. people don't come to america to re-create that government under watching sacramento reinvent really bad government. [applause] >> we've got time for about tumor questions. , over here. >> thank you for coming, mr. speaker. i was looking forward to debating barack obama. that would have been amazing. [cheers and applause] one of the things that was really noticeable impalpable in the last year of the
presidential debates and the candidates was the lack of media object to be. as a media person, what do you suggest for this next wave of television and bloggers in order to combat and basically silence this mainstream of mainstream media that we have today? [applause] >> well, if you go back and look at the debates, i did a fair amount of policing. but my first question as republicans look at this and i've just started gingerich productions will be a six-month product of reviewing and trying to learn the lessons at a much deeper level than you get from the current wave of analysts. because when you lose five out of six presidential elections in popular vote, but a minority vote in 2000. you underperform in the
presidential election of 2004. the weakest incumbent in american history. i just heard a newsletter, which said the r. word is not romney, it is republican. this is about a party that is still to become a modern, effective party. part of the answer is suggested the republican national committee works to create a set of debates hosted by the republicans do we tell the media, why would you want -- i participated in the head every time here at the reagan library, but the truth is you ended up in the reagan library with one of the examples. left-wing moderators did their centrist because everybody they know us to their left. [laughter] these are not people who are biased. they represent the center for america because every round they go to cocktail parties at this literally got far to the left. so if you were to go back and
analyze questions were putting together right now fascinating case study, which some of you will remember richard stephanopoulos asked this question about the 1963 tidwell versus connecticut supreme court suit involving contraception. i guarantee you, because i was there. every republican candidate and a debate has gone what? relearned a few weeks later the church i had been briefed that this was the beginning of the war on women in which we discovered $50,000 year law students unable to afford their own contraception have to have this part of the new socialist model free contraception or otherwise will be deprived, which then became a symbol which we saw one article yesterday in "time" magazine named her the person of the year. of course because after all she symbolized by than anyone else the total dishonesty with which they won the election.
she's the perfect symbol of our incompetence. they clearly had a strategy of ensure stephanopoulos launched a strategy. by which you want to set up for debate and debate the other team and? will make a deal. the democrats will although sean hannity, rush limbaugh and three comparable people to host all their debates. [applause] and yeah, we continue to pretend that the news media is mutual. the news media is the last. and so i think you have to really start at the very fundamental level of rebuilding. there's a big problem in california very nature of a serious effort to create a conservative internet-based political medium because there is no effective coherent political news coverage in california and it makes it very hard to govern. [applause] >> last question appear in the
balcony. >> hi, balcony. >> i want to start with last christmas is on best christmas ever. you were at had 30 points in the polls. i told them no gifts, no anything. my greatest politician is ahead. thank you for christmas. to follow up with that, do you feel at the gop establishment force romney on this? and if you did, how do you feel about that and how difficult was that knowing that's what they were doing? >> first of all, i don't think there's a republican establishment. governor wilson agrees with me that notion is among the country the republican establishment gathers is untrue. mitt romney spent six years running for president. he was very good at what he was
very good at, which is raising money, which is how he earned a living. he was a finance guy. he spent his entire career being a finance guy. they liked them. they got together, talked finance stuff. it all sounded good to them. they say this is our kind of guy. he's a smart guy. he lost an election, which i would argue any of us would've a hard time winning because we were and overmatch. overmatched. berkowitz has coached team being dropped into the super bowl. we don't understand this yet. the obama people never quit. they kept offices open in 09, 10 and 11. their 53 offices in north carolina alone. this is fine during a six-month study at gingerich productions, which lessens to learn. we don't have lessons learned right now.
we don't know are talking about good music is on tv wasted millions of dollars as consultants explaining that they now think, what you know is they don't. because they haven't taken enough time to learn any thing. i mean, this is a serious crisis of the republican party because if we don't figure out the new game, were not going to be competitive for a generation or more. that's a serious it is. don't assemble one and 16 because we'll nominate clever person that has the appropriate i think that articulates better. nick out what mccain got, which is what dole got smooches with pushcart running for reelection. that is a fact. unless we get our act together and look at the california republican party. i need to rate individual turner of the largest state in the country? to take a serious, deep,
fundamental rethinking. unfortunately, i've been around so long as there for the rebound after goldwater. i was there for the rebound after watergate come with took six years. is there after george bush lost in 92, which took two years. i was there in the house and a six, took four years. but he said of a strategically optimistic? a century. but let's not going to be kind to obama. still have plenty of mistakes. challenges that what they will do wrong. the challenge is whether we are prepared to slow down, think, have honest arguments and figure out what we need to do right. if we do that, this country will be just fine. thank you very, very much. [applause] [applause]
>> for more information about newt gingrich, visit gingerich productions.com. >> you don't always find many newspaper editors in any era investigating reporting. the place he never uses not just economics. it's the discomfort that investigative reporting causes in the newsroom because it's troublesome. it's got more than economic. if you ruffle the feathers of some and powerful, that gets people running in to complain to the publisher of there's those kinds of things happening. her fortune all through the 70s and almost all of her career to work for people who are strong and upright in that area and just let the chips fall where they may.
>> booktv is at the national press club were broken off. john mueller has his first workout on frederick douglass. we all know but frederick douglass, but you focus on the last 18 years of his life. why is that? >> many people know him as an abolitionist, state and an advocate for women's rights, but he is so much more than that. the last 25 years he spent in washing to d.c. he moved here in the late -- in the early 1870s. his children which are also well positioned well respected in washington and washington was the place to be with reconstruction. the first class about congressman, black senators. frederick douglass was really the most prominent black men of
washington. there is a call to start a newspaper and frederick douglass at this experience with the norstar kind of as a leader wanted douglas to hope balbis paper and paper and help finance it. douglas was very reluctant, but he eventually came around on january 13, 1870, the new air was launched and not broadened focus in washington. he got involved in local politics at that time with the modern republican party staffer for the republican party the 19th century. frederick douglass as much of a republican party man. washington d.c. got self-government in the early 1870s. the first nonvoting delegate to congress. frederick douglass competed the shipment for that position. so douglass is involved in local politics. we continue to run his
newspaper. he also at one point was president of friedman bank for a short time. he moved his family here. it really was a man of washing can. there's been many biographies about frederick douglass. we learn about in the great hall. reno in 1845 he wrote his autobiography about his experiences as an order, as a non-bullishness, but his later life is an ignored. so spending a lot of time in washington, especially where his home is. i started to look into what is written about his later life and from there wasn't much written. i said hey, this is a great opportunity. >> his home is called cedar hill? >> is correct. >> isn't still here? >> and 1960s, john f. kennedy signed a bill that gave control
of the house and department of interior in the early 1970s, frederick douglass saint albans. the flagship site of the national park service. has over 40, 50,000 visitors every year. it sits high up on a hill. you can see the washington monument to the left. the u.s. capitol dome to the right is amazing majestic view and it's open seven days a week. the curator contributed it forward and supports and to make this book not just -- make it active living histories of people read the book. they want to go over there or haven't been there for a couple years, i went to revisit mr. douglass. >> frankfurter custard with the forward. john. >> mclaren is the current curator.
frank the best retired now, but he was a curator for many, many years. very well respect it in the douglass community. dr. clifford may is coming university archivist also contributed to the forward. >> john muller is the author of "frederick douglass in washington, d.c.." thank you very much. >> thank you. ♪ >> if we turn away from the needs of others, we align ourselves with those forces, which are bringing about this suffering. >> ui to take advantage of it. >> obesity in this country is nothing short of a public health crisis. >> are little antennas went up the told me that someone had their own agenda.
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